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The name Boucher reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Boucher family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest in 1066. Boucher is a name for a person who was a butcher. The name could also be derived the family's original place of residence, Beaucir, in Calvados, Normandy.

Boucher Early Origins



The surname Boucher was first found in Lincolnshire. They were originally from Beaucir in Calvados in Normandy, and arrived in England with Duke William in 1066.

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Boucher Spelling Variations


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Boucher Spelling Variations



Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Bowker, Bowcher, Boucher and others.

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Boucher Early History


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Boucher Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boucher research. Another 165 words (12 lines of text) covering the year 1066 is included under the topic Early Boucher History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Boucher Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Boucher Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Boucher Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Boucher or a variant listed above:

Boucher Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Andrew Boucher settled in Virginia in 1650
  • Andrew Boucher, who landed in Virginia in 1650
  • George Boucher, who arrived in Maryland in 1651
  • John Boucher, who landed in Virginia in 1666
  • Adam Boucher, who arrived in Maryland in 1668
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Boucher Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jean Boucher, who landed in Jamestown, Va in 1700
  • Elizabeth Boucher settled in Rappahannock, Virginia, in 1728
  • Hans Ulrich Boucher settled in Philadelphia in 1732
  • Ulrigg Boucher, aged 45, landed in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • John Boucher, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1743
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Boucher Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Michael Boucher, who arrived in New York, NY in 1806
  • Miss Boucher, aged 30, settled in New Orleans in 1822
  • Alfred Boucher, who arrived in New York, NY in 1839

Boucher Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Gaspard Boucher, who arrived in Quebec in 1634

Boucher Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Boucher, a waterman, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Robert James Boucher arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Buckinghamshire" in 1839 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Buckinghamshire 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Buckinghamshire.htm
  • Julia Boucher arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Abberton" in 1846
  • Ann Boucher arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Boyne" in 1850
  • Joseph Boucher arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Boyne" in 1850
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Boucher Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Catherine Boucher arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Cresswell" in 1856
  • Mary Boucher arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Cresswell" in 1856
  • E. Boucher arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wyvern" in 1856

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Contemporary Notables of the name Boucher (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Boucher (post 1700)



  • Joan I. Boucher, American politician, Representative from New Jersey 12th District, 1990
  • Jean Charles Boucher, American Democrat politician, Member of Maine State Senate 4th District, 1943-46; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maine, 1944; Member of Maine Democratic State Committee, 1945
  • Hiram A. Boucher (1896-1967), American politician, U.S. Consul in Dublin, 1924-27; Cobh, 1928-29; Rome, 1929-36; Geneva, 1936-41; Auckland, 1941-45; U.S. Consul General in Rio de Janeiro, 1945-47
  • Henry Aristide Boucher (1921-2009), American Democrat politician, Mayor of Fairbanks, Alaska, 1966-70; Lieutenant Governor of Alaska, 1970-74
  • George V. Boucher, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1968; Circuit Judge in Michigan 17th Circuit, 1971-85
  • Frederick C. Boucher (b. 1946), American Democrat politician, Member of Virginia State Senate 39th District, 1974-83; U.S. Representative from Virginia 9th District, 1983-
  • Edward M. Boucher, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Westport, 1946
  • Drayton R. Boucher, American Democrat politician, Member of Louisiana State Senate, 1950; Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Louisiana, 1956
  • Anthony Boucher, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Columbia County, 1833
  • Alfred J. Boucher, American politician, Mayor of Somersworth, New Hampshire, 1939
  • ... (Another 20 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BUCKINGHAMSHIRE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Buckinghamshire.htm

Other References

  1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  2. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  3. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  4. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  5. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  7. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  8. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  9. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  10. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
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The Boucher Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Boucher Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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